Flexy, Wrist-Worn Concept Phone: A Real Life Buzz Lightyear Communicator

Indiegogo concepts are always a bit out there, and this one's no exception: Portal, a six-inch Android-powered smartphone that's impressively capable, waterproof, and flexible enough to wear on your wrist like Buzz Lightyear's communicator. Forget smartwatches, this baby's a goddamned gauntlet. » 9/27/14 5:30pm Saturday 5:30pm

Protect Against Sneaky Webcam Spies With This Little Pair of Magnets

I have had a teensy, torn bit of paper taped over the camera of my MacBook Air for years now because even before I knew the FBI could activate that thing without the indicator light, it always bugged me out that someone might be secretly snooping. The teensy, torn bit of paper looks janky as hell, but it works. Nope » 9/26/14 8:05pm Friday 8:05pm

Create Whatever Furniture You Need With This Cardboard Building Set

If you're not going to be living too long in a place, decking out your temporary abode in recyclable cardboard furniture actually makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper than real furniture, you don't have to bring it next time you move, and with these modular TapeFlips sets you can actually build exactly the pieces you… » 9/24/14 3:40pm 9/24/14 3:40pm

Serve an 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-a-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky's approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company's track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning.… » 9/23/14 4:07pm 9/23/14 4:07pm

A Nut-Cracking Hammer That Stops Shell Shrapnel

Although the nutcracker seems like an outdated piece of technology given you can buy nuts with the shells already removed, a small chunk of the population seems to still prefer doing it themselves. So nutcracker makers keep plying their trade, coming up with better and better designs, like this satisfying hammer that… » 9/19/14 9:57am 9/19/14 9:57am

The World's Greatest Cup Holder Can Survive the World's Worst Drivers

When it comes to cup holders, most of us are just looking for a place to secure our drinks while we're driving. It turns out we should be asking more of them—a lot more. Maksim Ghyvoronsky has invented a better alternative, an aftermarket set of cup holders that tilt and roll along with the motion of your vehicle,… » 9/17/14 4:25pm 9/17/14 4:25pm

The World's First Convertible Motor Home Is One Obscene Creation

If you roll your eyes when someone claims that inhabiting a massive luxury RV counts as "camping," you're not going to like this. As if showers, giant TVs, and microwaves weren't already overkill enough, a bunch of crazy German automakers have created what is possibly the world's first motorhome with a convertible roof » 9/17/14 10:14am 9/17/14 10:14am

This Self-Weighing Suitcase Gives a Running Total While You Pack

Self-weighing suitcases aren't a new idea, in fact, they've been available in stores for years now. But in order to actually weight the contents of your luggage, you need to zip the suitcase up and then lift the whole thing by the handle. To make things a whole lot easier, the TUL suitcase gives a running total of its… » 9/15/14 2:09pm 9/15/14 2:09pm

A Prosthetic Leg For Mountain Climbers, Inspired By Sure-Footed Goats

Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature's masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that's exactly… » 9/15/14 12:37pm 9/15/14 12:37pm

You Can Apply This Better Band-Aid With Just One Hand

As useful as Band-Aids might be for a quick fix, they're rarely easy to apply to your arms or other areas inaccessible to both your hands. And even when both hands are free, the sticky ends of a Band-Aid often end up stuck together if you're not careful. To remedy this, designer Pei-Chih Deng has created the… » 9/12/14 1:51pm 9/12/14 1:51pm

A Tiny Humidifier in a Bottle Makes Hotel Rooms More Comfortable

If traveling to a different—and dryer—part of the world means you'll be waking up with dry sinuses and bloody noses every morning, a humidifier should be the first thing you pack. But not the giant machine in the corner of your bedroom, this tiny six-inch carry-on friendly plastic bottle from 11+ that's powered by USB. » 9/11/14 3:17pm 9/11/14 3:17pm

Placemat Plates That Suction to Tables Are Every Parent's Dream

The day a parent hands over the spoon to a toddler learning to feed themselves is the same day that meal cleanup becomes infinitely more involved. Overturned bowls and spills are inevitable, but possibly less frequent if this silicone placemat with a built-in segmented bowl succeeds in its Kickstarter campaign. » 9/10/14 4:18pm 9/10/14 4:18pm

This Compact Portable Charger Revives Your Phone With Four AA Batteries

A portable charger can bring your dead smartphone back to life if you forget to plug it in overnight, but what if you forget to charge the charger too? That's not an issue with the tiny Oivo since it splits in half to accommodate four readily-available AA batteries that have enough charge to completely bring an iPhone… » 9/09/14 6:45pm 9/09/14 6:45pm

A Ballistic Sleeping Bag That Promises Protection From a Tornado

They seem like a smart idea, but how many people do you really know with a safe room in their house? Probably none, because they're expensive, and that includes those living in areas where storms can generate deadly tornados. So a Missouri-based inventor has come up with a cheaper way to stay safe during a twister—an … » 9/09/14 6:02pm 9/09/14 6:02pm

An Impossibly Thin Heating Element Stops These Goggles From Fogging Up

There's nothing like a thin layer of condensation on your ski goggles to ruin a perfectly good run down a hill covered in tantalizingly fresh powder. But active people get warm and sweat, and science says that cold moist air condensing on your goggles is inevitable. Unless you've got a pair of these F-BOM goggles » 9/08/14 10:00am 9/08/14 10:00am

This Flat-Pack Water Bottle Can Squeeze Inside a Laptop Bag

A backpack's got plenty of pouches and pockets for storing a water bottle, but a sleek messenger bag? Good luck fitting a Nalgene in there without an unsightly bulge. You'll either need to go without and keep an eye out for drinking fountains, or toss a few dollars towards these Kickstarted flat-pack water bottles. » 8/29/14 3:00pm 8/29/14 3:00pm